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Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Remedies for Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis, a fungal infection that primarily targets the nails of the toes, arises from diverse fungal sources, which can complicate effective treatment. Fortunately, a number of remedies are available to help combat this issue and restore healthy nails. Toenail fungal infections can lead to symptoms such as thickened, discolored, and deformed nails, causing discomfort and embarrassment. Topical medications, including antifungal nail polish, creams, and ointments, can be applied directly to the affected nail. For more severe infections, prescribed oral medications work from within to eliminate the underlying infection. Although they may require several weeks or even months of treatment, they offer better results for stubborn cases. Laser therapy is a less invasive option, which involves using a laser to target and destroy the fungal cells within the nail. In extreme cases, when the infection is particularly resistant or has caused significant damage, surgical removal of the affected nail may be necessary. This involves extracting the entire nail or a portion of it. If you have a fungal toenail infection that is not responding to common treatments, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for additional options.

For more information about treatment, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM of Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Ankle Fractures

A bone fracture, such as an ankle fracture, occurs when a bone cracks or breaks due to high-force impact or stress. Even minor impacts can result in ankle fractures, especially in individuals with osteoporosis or bone cancer. An ankle fracture involves a complete or partial break in the ankle bone. Closed fractures spare surrounding tissue, while compound fractures break through the skin, raising infection risks. Fracture variations encompass avulsion, comminuted, compression, and more. Symptoms of a broken ankle differ based on age and injury severity and manifest as pain, swelling, bruising, and deformity. Causes of ankle fractures include trauma, overuse, and medical conditions. Age-related bone weakening and heightened disease susceptibility elevate fracture risk. Natural healing involves aligning and stabilizing the ankle bone with casts, plates, or rods. Healing duration depends on the fracture's severity and potential complications. Preventive measures include cautious exercising, proper diet, and addressing bone health, particularly during menopause. If you believe you have suffered a broken ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for essential tests and treatment.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Foot Care Routines

The feet play a vital role in the functioning of your entire body, housing important nerves that connect to various organs. To ensure they function well, it's essential to keep your feet clean and comfortable. Here are some tips to maintain healthy and happy feet. Soak your feet in warm water mixed with shampoo or liquid soap for 10 minutes. Use a foot file to gently remove calluses and any hardened skin. Then massage your feet with moisturizer or foot cream for nourishment and softness. Remember to allow the skin to absorb the lotion fully before putting on socks. Other suggestions for a foot routine include giving your feet a chance to breathe by walking barefoot while resting at home or at your desk. An important part of foot care is trimming your toenails properly to avoid the discomfort of an ingrown toenail. It is also essential to wear shoes that fit well, leave room for the toes to move freely in, and provide proper cushioning, especially if your job involves standing for long periods. Your feet will thank you by staying healthy and happy, contributing to your overall well being. For any foot problems you may have, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Pain or No Pain With Flat Feet

The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops during childhood years. The arch runs lengthwise along the bottom of the foot, and it may not become developed in adults for various reasons. These may include genetic reasons, or it may not form if an injury has occurred. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions which may cause flat feet, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes. Many people do not have pain with flat feet, and there are some patients who have pain from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. There may also be changes in the work environment, which may involve standing on different surfaces. There are specific stretches that can be performed which may help people who have flat feet. A calf stretch can be effective in strengthening the lower part of the leg. This is done by standing on a step and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can prescribe custom-made orthotics for relief, if needed. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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